Toma winners

Drew Miller, Ed.D.
Brentsville School District Turfgrass Management Program

2023 George Toma "Golden Rake" Award Winner

Drew Miller, Ed.D., is the Brentsville Turfgrass Management program director at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, VA. He is a former groundskeeper at the collegiate and professional level. In his current role, he has developed the premier high school turfgrass management, where he is bringing the next generation of sports field managers. He is using his blueprint to develop high school turfgrass management programs across the United States to bring awareness to this incredible industry. Drew has made significant contributions to the sports field management industry. He has been in the Sports Field industry for over twenty years providing superior athletic fields to the Mid-Atlantic area. These fields have ranged from collegiate “Field of the Year” winners, premier regional tournament facilities, high school fields, and parks and recreation fields.

His involvement has spanned local, regional and national activities. A rare combination of turfgrass professional and academic, Drew has been recognized for his leadership, mentorship, and passion. His membership in SFMA began in 2014, and he has been involved with association activities from the very beginning. From speaking at the national conferences, to serving on the conference education committee, and educating future professionals, his impact is long lasting. he is held in high esteem not only by his sports field management colleagues, but by his current and former students.

Previous George Toma "Golden Rake" Award Recipients

YearAward Winner
2023Drew Miller, Ed.D., Brentsville School District Turfgrass Management Program
2022Jesse Driver, CSFM, Mid-Atlantic Turf, Inc.
2021Steve Bush, CSFM, CFB, Bush Sports Turf (IL) (awarded posthumously)
2020Tim Van Loo, CSFM, Iowa State
2019Kim Heck, CAE, Sports Turf Managers Association
2018Abby McNeal, CSFM, CPRP, Denver City and County Parks Department (CO)
2017Dan Bergstrom, CSFM, BBVA Compass Stadium
2016Bruce Suddeth, University of South Carolina Upstate (SC)
2015Ben Polimer, Town of Weston (MA)
2014Mike Albino, Ballard Sports, Syracuse (NY)
2013Matt Tobin, Pioneer Athletics, Saco (ME)
2012Michael Boettcher, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Milwaukee (WI)
2011Tom Nielsen, Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Louisville (KY)
2010Mel Lanford, Retired from University of Texas, Austin (TX)
2009Craig Potts, Texas A&M University, College Station (TX)
2008David Reiss, Wasatch County School District, Heber City (UT)
2007Tony Diaz, Waukegan Park District (IL)
2006Todd Jeansonne, Louisiana State University and Jeff Kershaw, West Baton Rouge Parrish School
2005Jim Wiggins, Tomball ISD, Tomball (TX)
2004Kevin Meredith, National Soccer Hall of Fame (NY)
2003James Crawford, McFarland Schools (WI)
2002Jesse Cuevas, Rosenblatt Stadium (NE)
2001Terry Nance, Cape Fear High School (NC)
2000Connie Rudolph, CSFM, Midway Stadium (MN)
1999Boyd (Rob) Montgomery, Sylvania Recreation (OH)
1998Don Kelly, City of Rocky River (OH)
1997Timothy Burke, Town of Bethel (CT)

* Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Directory for current listing